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mscibbe Feb 24, 2011 04:55 PM

This may be tinged with a bit of nostalgia, but the best burger I ever had was from a little place in Strongsville called Aunt Teaks and Uncle Junks. The place is now long closed and torn down. I have been on the search for a comparable burger ever since. I came very close tonight at a new diner style place. Diner 254 is in Sheffield Ohio just off Route 90. It was a decent size with a lot of beefy, juicy flavor. This particular special of the day was called the Benedict Burger. Topped with a runny fried egg and a hollandaise sauce that really wasn't. Still, the burger was good with a nice grilled taste. The fries were pretty good also.

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Strongsville Cafe & Restaurant
13600 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44136

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    stuart RE: mscibbe Feb 24, 2011 05:47 PM

    Buckeye Beer Engine has a great burger. It's actually a pretty solid menu from top to bottom. I like their tomato soup for instance.

    The only other memorable burger I've had recently in Cleveland was at ABC the Tavern. They also have a lot of good food besides just the burger. The hot dog, the quesadilla, the pulled chicken sandwich...

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    Buckeye Beer Engine
    15315 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

    1. rockandroller1 RE: mscibbe Feb 26, 2011 04:29 AM

      Soon the W side will be saved, as Michael Symon is opening a B-spot burger location in Westlake at Crocker Park. But before that, some time in march, he's going to save us SW siders as there's one opening in Strongsville. I for one cannot WAIT.

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      Strongsville Cafe & Restaurant
      13600 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH 44136

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        skyboy RE: mscibbe Jul 26, 2011 11:49 AM

        Hello. Haven't been to this site in a while. Heck's Restaurant in Ohio City on W.32 St. has some of the best burgers on the West Side. If you want to go south, Whitey's also has good burgers and KILLER fries.

        1. calabrese827 RE: mscibbe Jul 27, 2011 08:44 AM

          Swenson's on Broadview in the Independence/Seven Hills area has great burgers, fries, milkshakes, and the like. Try the Gally Boy, which has a great "secret sauce".
          It's best to go in the summer because the service is carside and not many people like sitting out in the cold during Cleveland winters.

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            penoose RE: calabrese827 Apr 28, 2012 01:05 PM

            Lots of good burgers in this thread, but for me,Tremont Tap House trumps them all.

            I'm baffled by all the love B Spot gets. I love Symon's other restaurants, but B Spot's burger is overcooked and underwhelming - especially in light of all the silly posturing on their website:

            http://www.bspotburgers.com/symon-says/

            I might have been willing to overlook an overdone burger (living in Canada, I got used to that), but not when a restaurant refers to a well-done burger as "sad." I ordered medium rare and got well done. The burger itself didn't suck - it was juicy and tasty enough, but without even a hint of pink. And really, it was no better than, say, Five Guys. Which is just fine. But also no big deal...

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              NancyH RE: penoose Apr 28, 2012 01:51 PM

              penoose - I have occasionally gotten an overcooked burger at B Spot. When the server asks how I'm enjoying my meal, I tell her. If the burger was overcooked, they have always offered to replace it, and usually whisk it away and made me a new one immediately (and sometimes they even take it off the check). I always order mine medium rare. The beef is delicious.

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                mscibbe RE: NancyH Apr 30, 2012 06:39 AM

                Was just at B Spot Friday... Although this is now my favorite burger spot, I do agree with the overcooking comment. The several times I've been there, the doneness has been inconsistent when I order the burger medium rare each time. Last time came out with just a thin line of pinkish in the middle. As above, it was still tasty, juicy and better than I've found anywhere else.

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                rockandroller1 RE: penoose Apr 30, 2012 06:53 AM

                This is really interesting to me, because my husband and I always have to order our burgers medium well at B-spot because the medium is way too rare for us. Maybe it varies by location. I've actually had discussions with the bartenders about this and they say yeah, our medium is closer to what most people would consider a medium-rare at other places.

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                  penoose RE: rockandroller1 Apr 30, 2012 11:50 AM

                  True medium is probably pretty rare to most people. Looking at the way the B-Spot menu admonishes rare-a-phobes for being too "uptight," I was expecting something "bloody" tasty...so to speak.

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